The Photographer’s Guide to Copyright

The Photographer’s Guide to Copyright

Navigating copyright can be a daunting task. So we’ve partnered with the experts at ASMP to break down this important subject and help you take the necessary steps to protect your work.

The Photographer’s Guide to Copyright is filled with insights and resources to help you get an understanding copyright law, register your images, and protect your work from infringement. This guide is a go-to resource that will help you:

  • Understand your 6 exclusive rights under copyright law
  • Learn how to safeguard photos and avoid infringement
  • Get tips to register their work through the U.S. Copyright Office
  • Discover steps to take if their work is infringed

The guide also offers in-depth interviews from photographers and experts from ASMP, who address key areas – including major trends in copyright today, how to incorporate copyright registration into a daily workflow, the risks to weigh before joining social networks, demystifying what counts as “Fair use”, plus copyright for video and motion.

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  1. Jim Newberry at 9:50 pm

    This is a very helpful guide, but there’s something not specified in it that I’ve been trying to figure out. When registering a published image via eCo, what exactly are you supposed to upload for the deposit?

    According to the ASMP site: “When registering a single published image or a group of images published in the same unit of publication, use Form CO or the online eCO. *Either method* requires you to submit two copies of the published work…You may scan or copy the original publication.” (

    What specifically does “two copies of the published work” mean? Why send two copies digitally? Or does that mean to send 1) a jpg of the photo alone, and 2) a scan or photo of the image in the context of where it was published (ie, an entire magazine page that shows the photo being registered)?

    I’ve read a ton of stuff at the US Copyright site, ASMP, and other places and I’ve yet to find where this is clearly explained. If someone knows the answer, or could link to it, I’d appreciate it.

    Here’s a quote from a Copyright office document (circ40a) which is clear as mud to me–maybe someone out there can decipher it?

    “A complete copy of a published work is one that contains all elements of the unit of publication, including those which, if considered separately, would not be copyrightable subject matter.

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  3. Matt Johnson at 2:26 am

    Ive found that the image search options provided in the guide are not aligned directly with photographers needs, There is no way for a photographer to track their entire image collection on a monthly basis.

    Ive launched a solution to this problem ( id love to know if there are any updates to your content planned?

    Lets talk!


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